BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:55 P.M.) – A large gorup comprised of Hezbollah and Syrian special forces arrived in the Khanasser Plain on Saturday to lead the military operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists near the Al-Raqqa Governorate border.
The Syrian special forces were comprised of several units from the army’s Republican Guard that were originally deployed to Aleppo city to participate in the provincial capital’s offensive.
Once Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) and their allies surrendered the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, the Republican Guard units were free to be redeoployed to another front in northern Syria.
AL-Masdar cannot confirm where the Hezbollah forces came from; however, they most likely redeployed from the southern countryside of Aleppo, where they were preparing a large-scale offensive against Jaysh Al-Fateh near Khan Touman.
The purpose of this Khanasser Plain offensive is to reach the nearby Maskanah Plain, which is the gateway to the Al-Raqqa Governorate’s western countryside.